2019 Porsche 991.2 911 GT3 RS
Take the normally-aspirated smoothness of a 911 GT3 engine and the hard-core racing chassis of a 911 GT2 and throw them into a Vitamix. Will it blend? No. You'd get a pile of shredded metals. Unless you're a Porsche engineer. At Porsche the laws of physics are usually taken as suggestions, and their impetus to go faster is what enables them to combine two cars into one. Hereby known as the 2019 911 GT3 RS. Or simply a faster version of the 911 GT3. Would you like to order yours neat or on the rocks?
Lean and Green
One tradition from BBC's Top Gear is making fun of Porsche whenever they charge more for less. In U.S. markets the 911 GT3 RS has a $187,500 starting price. About $40,000 over the normal GT3. And once you sit inside you'll feel like Porsche forgot to finish the car. There's pull straps for door handles. You don't get a back seat. There's scaffolding behind your head so you won't have any room to put your briefcase. There's less interior sound insulation. The side and rear window glass is thinner. And you'll never have the chance to row your own gears as a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is the only choice.
But if you take a walk around the outside you can see where some of that premium money went. The front lid, front fenders, rear deck, and fixed rear wing are all made from carbon fiber. Both front and rear bumpers consist of a special type of plastic. Its roof is made from magnesium. The muffler and exhaust tips are titanium. And the main chassis is built of an aluminum and steel composite. So yes, you do lose some interior comforts but it's all for the purposes of saving weight. As is the tradition for the GT3 RS - where charging more for less weight is defendable.
And since you're already deep in the money hole, you might as well order the $18,000 lightweight Weissach package. With it you get carbon fiber front sway bars, rear sway bars, steering wheel trim, shift paddles, and roof saving 13 lbs total. For an additional $13,000 (After Weissach package) Porsche will forge the wheels in magnesium instead of alloy to save 25 pounds. And for the truly wealthy completionists you can replace the standard 380mm cast-iron brake rotors with 410mm and 390mm carbon ceramic composite discs that weigh half as much. In its lightest and most expensive configuration, Porsche claims a 3,153 lb (1,430 kg) curb weight. A wonderful set of options for the price of a 2018 Ford Mustang Ecoboost.
For additional corner-slicing agility, Porsche added helper springs and ball joints replacing elastokinematic (rubber) bushings at all four corners. These changes provide an added degree of car control. Suspension and drivetrain features that return from the GT3 are Porsche Active Suspension Management, active engine mounts, electric rear differential, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and a tuned version of rear active steering. User-adjustable settings like toe, camber, caster, sway bar, and ride height are standard on all GT3 RS models. Also standard are its 265/35 R20 and 325/30 R21 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires specifically designed by Michelin for this car.
The GT3 RS is powered by a 4.0-liter normally aspirated flat-six punching out 520 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque. 20 more horses than the GT3. Features like plasma sprayed cylinder walls for lower friction, centrally fed crankshaft oil, enlarged con rod bearings, and stiffer valve train for improved timings are carryovers from GT3 models. And like the GT3 the GT3 RS redlines at 9,000 rpm. That added bit of power and reduced bit of weight lowers the zero-to-60 mph time by 0.2 seconds down to 3.0 seconds flat. Top speed is greater than 194 mph (312 kmh).
Carryovers from the 911 GT2 are its incredible aerodynamics. Porsche threw in brake cooling ducts on the front lid, carbon fiber high-pressure air evacuator louvers on the front fenders, larger front splitter, larger fixed rear wing, side ram air intakes, larger side skirts, and new rear diffuser to allow the GT3 RS to double the downforce of a GT3 when traveling at 124 mph. Utilized properly you're looking at a Porsche that'll be quick enough to lap the Nürburgring in any time between 7:11 at the least to 6:48 at the most. If all goes according to Porsche's plan, seven of the top twenty fastest cars to run around the green hell will be Porsches. Maybe the other performance brands should stop drinking Kool-Aid and start mixing something harder.
Orders for the 911 GT3 RS are globally open now. U.S. deliveries expected fall 2018. German deliveries slated for mid-April 2018. European models can order a zero-cost Clubsport package adding 6-point harness, fire extinguisher, battery disconnect switch, and roll-over bar.